Knockmore/Sprucefield Link: Update

Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 22nd February 2016.

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Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP 3:15 pm, 22nd February 2016

T7. Mr Givan asked the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the recent meetings she held with him, some of his Assembly colleagues and local councillors to discuss the Knockmore/Sprucefield link. (AQT 3537/11-16)

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

I thank the Member for his question. In January, I met members of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to discuss the proposal, and I can confirm that my Department will undertake a preliminary assessment of the traffic impacts of the Knockmore link, the results of which should be available in March. I expect the results to provide objective evidence for further discussion between Transport NI and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council officers.

Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP

I thank the Member for that response. Associated with the Knockmore/Sprucefield link, particularly along the Knockmore Road, are junction improvements required as a result of planning articles and housing associated with those. Will the Minister provide an update on those junctions in what is commonly known as the LD1 area?

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

I thank the Member for his question. My understanding is that TNI is in ongoing negotiations with the development consortia for the financing and building of the three junctions at the LD1 site. I expect that the discussions between TNI, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council planning officers and the developer's agent will continue to facilitate the agreed junction approvals to be implemented. I have agreed to visit the site and meet the developers afterwards to discuss the scheme.

Photo of Mitchel McLaughlin Mitchel McLaughlin Speaker

That ends the period for questions. Thank you very much, Minister. Will Members take their ease while we change the top Table?

(Mr Deputy Speaker [Mr Beggs] in the Chair)